Kasey Kahne holds halfway lead in Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington

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A pit road mistake earlier actually paid off for Kasey Kahne, who held the lead at the halfway mark (184 of the scheduled 367 laps) of Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

On Kahne’s previous pit stop, his gas man didn’t fill the tank on Kahne’s Chevrolet fully, forcing Kahne to pit early on Lap 174.

But that proved fortuitous as the rest of the Sprint Cup field was forced to make green flag pit stops just before the halfway mark, allowing Kahne to move to the front of the field.

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick dominated the first half of the race, leading 116 of the first 184 laps. Harvick was second at halfway, followed by seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon in third place.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson.

Brad Keselowski had a slow pit stop on Lap 183 and dropped from first to seventh, followed by Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.

Speaking of the younger Busch, he had led each of the last three prior races at Darlington, but failed to win each time.

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Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.